Ketley Brick’s flagship project, Victoria Gate, has bagged two awards at the prestigious 2017 Brick Development Association (BDA) ‘Brick Awards’.
As one of the longest running and most revered building awards in Britain, the yearly BDA Brick Awards showcase excellence in design and construction using brick.
This is the second consecutive year Ketley Brick has swooped major accolades.
Victoria Gate in Leeds won ‘Best Commercial Building’ and ‘Innovative use of Brick & Clay Products’ categories, whilst also receiving commendation in the ‘Urban Regeneration Project’ category.
Designed by ACME, this landmark project comprises part of Hammerson’s Victoria Leeds Estate in the city centre, developed and inspired by its local historic and architectural context.
Referred to by judges as “intriguing and exciting”, the new arcade is a building of incredible scale and complexity, with decorative brickwork on three of its external elevations, made using the newest advances in digital technology and BIM throughout the design and production process.
Ketley Brick supplied roughly 360,000 Staffordshire light and dark ‘Class A’ ‘snap headers’, bespoke specials and engineering brick slips for the Arcade building, which were used throughout 550 precast reinforced concrete panels to develop the attractive pleated pattern, with 3D software used to plot and place each and every brick.
Renowned for their high strength, low water absorption and phenomenal frost resistance across all of their exposed faces, Ketley’s ‘Class A’ bricks’ performance characteristics and dimensional stability, as well as their precise form and sharp-edged aesthetic, made them a no brainer to use in the project.
Friedrich Ludewig from ACME commented: “Victoria Leeds is a great example of a contemporary concept made possible by the combination of modern and traditional brickwork techniques.
“The sourcing of the right brick was key to creating textured facades with intricate detailing, complementing the Victorian Leeds vernacular.”
Alex Patrick-Smith Managing Director of Ketley Brick added: “We are extremely proud to be associated with such an ambitious and impressive project, which has set a new standard for innovative design and building with brick.”
Victoria Gate has won a whole host of other awards, including RIBA National Award 2017, RIBA Yorkshire Award 2017 and RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year, amongst others.
Ketley Brick manufactures a wide range of Class A bricks for both facing and engineering applications, as well as bricks slips, special bricks, clay pavers, quarry tiles and accessories.
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